The Bible and Brahms' Requiem

Carol Bechtel

READ : Psalm 126:5-6 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy. (v. 5) My colleague, Stan Rock, has been fighting a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He told me once that Brahms’ Requiem has been an important “coach” for him in this battle. When I asked him why, he said, “Because of its honesty and its hope.” Honesty and hope. I think Stan put his finger on the secret to the Requiem’s potential for opening our …